Posted by: Kerry Gans | June 18, 2011

Saturday Special 6-18-2011

We had so many awesome links this week that we didn’t want to waste them. So here is our first Saturday Special!

Today we’ll start with the fun stuff: Craft.

YA Fantasy and science fiction Janice Hardy does double duty today. She talks about the all-encompassing importance of context in our novels—especially in world-building, and she explores how giving a character a choice within a scene, rather than simply driving the scene to the conclusion you want to reach, can make scenes more compelling.

New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Cruise lays out the difference between Linear and Patterned structure, when to use each, and how structure gives meaning to and intensifies the story itself.

Roni Lauren, romance author, tackles the issue of writing in the POV of the opposite sex, and how to write like a guy (when you’re not one).

While you are mulling over all the craft advice above, romantic suspense author Jennifer Holbrook-Talty revels in how the thrill of discovery can keep you energized through the sometimes long process of writing a first draft.

Now we move on to the nuts-and-bolts: Business & Marketing

The YA Fantasy Guide lays out some tips for building your platform before you even have a book deal (or an agent).

More specifically, social media guru Don Lafferty tells us how to use Twitter’s Tweetdeck to figure out who our author community is and how to engage with them on a deeper level.

To which children’s author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford adds details about Retweeting on Twitter, and how to use the Retweet button to your best advantage.

Nationally bestselling author Anna DeStefano takes us into the non-virtual world with advice on what to do in the aftermath of a writers’ conference to best capitalize on your experience. (Hint: Writing and networking are on the list.)

When sending off your requested materials to that fantastic agent you met at the conference, be sure your synopsis is tailored to his or her taste—author Darlene Quinn stresses the importance of knowing your audience, even for a synopsis.

So now you’ve written that awesome synopsis, plus you’ve got your query and a fantastic manuscript, and the agent you sent it all to calls you. Once you’ve recovered enough to speak, do you know what questions to ask a potential agent?

And if you haven’t gotten “the call” based on your current query letter, here’s an interview with agent Janet Reid (cleverly disguised as a comic strip) to tell you why.


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